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o} By Jason Nordmark Of The Star A routine drive down Main Avenue got one Rolla High School graduate considering the state of her hometown. “I was thinking that some of the paint on signs and benches was IOOking a little worn Members of the Archie Jardine American Legion Post No. of Dunseith conducted Memorial Day services at Riverside Cemetery out,” said Suzanne (Turner) Weston, now a resident of rural Sarles. A little further up the street, however, a revelation was waiting. “I got to the Dacotah Bank and the electronic sign said ‘take pride in your town,” Weston said. Then an idea came on as quick as the mes— sage slipped away. “I thought wouldn’t it be neat to have one big paint days or blitz and spiff up Main Avenue,” Weston said. After a brainstorming meeting with a busi— ness owner followed by a phone call to the Rolla Job Development Authority’s (JDA) di- rector and the idea became official. .. $- V . ., 190‘01 , I v "" . hair‘s-siesta?“ 3'» r x z . _-,..w as“, my. fiW‘sIh'fiI as?“ . . last week. Like several of Rolette County’s veterans’ organizatoins, membership is aging and dwindling. Area legion po See Page 9 or On Tuesday, June 15, volunteers will meet up and begin what Weston is hoping will be— , come a regular “spruce up the town” event. “The IDA couldn’t be more impressed by Suzanne’s effort to spearhead this project,” Mickelson said. “We’re beyond thankful for any community members who want to put ef- St. John Volunteer group preparing to paint the town _.7~v v V v Viv Must-see in The Star Memorial Day parade ..... ...Page Host didn’t have the most Page 4 Pick a time to quit ........... ..Page 6 Davis appointed to post....Page 7 Heat stress ................. ..'.....Page 7 ‘\\\\\ L June 7, 2021 Volume 134 Number 32 Two Sections '— $1 Rolla, North Dakota 58367 fort into making Rolla a more beautiful place.” Weston has some experience in grooming a small town into shape. She was part of the Paint the Town (Continued on Page 2) policing, wind tower ‘re-power’atop commission agenda By John Rosinski Of The Star The Rolette County Commission discussed possible changes to a policing contract, potential changes to a wind farm located in the county and received an update on the situa- tion involving the Rolette County Housing Authority. Rolette County Sheriff 'Nathan Gustafson attended the meeting and reported talk in St. John of possibly changing 'a law enforcement agree- ment that is currently in place be~ tween the county and city. Under the current arrangement, the city has a portion of its policing charge paid by the school, which es- sentially buys time to-hav'e-a police officer on campus certain times of the day. The school continues to fund a portion of the positibn in the summer months even though it receives lim- ited, if any, coverage. Gustafson said some city officials in St. John have been concerned with the amount of overall coverage the city is receiving. “It sounds like they want more, but I don’t see an issue with it,” Gustafson said. “In the summer the deputy is only with the city, but the school still pays some of the amount.” Commissioner Allen Schlenvogt “We talked if we separate from the school or the cOUnty and have our own department like Dun- seith that we might see more coverage.” Rodney Phelps, St. Johnmayor said he was hearing of complaints re- garding not enough citations are being issued, using speeding and reckless- driving as a pair ofexam— ples. Gustafson said he and his ere‘w could look at increasing the number of tickets in an effort to curtail some of the activity around the city. St. John Mayor Rodney Phelps said any talk at this point is strictly preliminary. “We talked if we separate from the school or the county and have our own department like Dunseith that we might see more coverage,” Phelps said. “But we’re just talking and will Commission (Continued on Page 5) By Jason Nordmark Of The Star or more than a half hour, FFloyd Dion stood at atten- tion on Memorial Day morning at Riverside Cemetery. Then, upon the orders of Roger Counts, commander of the Archie Jardine American Legion Post‘ No. 185 of Dunseith, Dion and his fellow veteranss raised their rifles and fired a three times in salute of their fallen comrades. “It wasn’t too hard,” Dion said of his job that morning at the small bur- ial ground which sits atop a hill just southwest of Dunseith. '" Everyone there for the morning’s ceremony was a little closer to the' glaring sun. There was only one 94- year—old there, however, and it was Dion, who has been a member of the legion since 1952. Much has changed in the nearly half century of Dion’s first legion meeting. He said the Jardine post had nearly 40 active members at the time. Today, membership is less than half that and only a few are active. The story is much the same at the rest of Rolette County’s American Legion posts. Most members are in their retirement years, but still per- form Memorial Day ceremonies and honor guard duties when called. Those days, however, might be numbered leaving Counts to assume the worst. ‘ “I would dare say there’s not Q , sts struggling to survive 1 Members of the Fred C. wagner American Len Post No. 235 in RoIIa march off a fter conduct- ing ceremonies at the Rolla Cemetery. From left to right are Dale Juntunen, Terry Lindbo, Kevin Law and Emery Mears. going to be a Memorial Day service in the future,” said Counts, who is 72' years old. “All legion posts are strug— gling.” Rolette County is certainly not alone when it comes to declining membership within American Legion Posts. The organizations own study showed there’s no basis to believe the veteran organizations will be able to reverse the decline. embers of the Rolla American Legion Post started their Memorial Day as they always do. Breakfast at the legion cabin followed by a cara- van trip to three rural cemeteries. At each one, generations of farm families held their hands over their hearts as the' post members marched Legion Posts (Continued on Page 8) CHECKING ACCOUNTS THAT FIT. YOUR LIFESTYLE. YOUR MONEY. LEARN MORE AND APPLY ONLINE TODAY! Drought starting to fray nerves of area farmers By John Rosinski Of The Star Temperatures around the area weren’t the only thing spiking last week. As the mercury tickled 100 degrees last Friday, the anxiety of area farm- ers also continued to increase. Moisture of any kind has been limited for months. A dry winter has ex— tended into a dry spring, re- minding some farmers who were around in 1988 of some of the worst drought conditions in years. According to Rolette County’s NDSU Extension According to Rolette Agent Mark Miller, a gauge County’s. NDSU Extensmn - v . Agent Mark Miner, a he uses to measure rainfall gauge he uses to measure around Rona has only rainfall around Rolla has _ only recorded 1.75 inches ‘ recorded 1.75 Inches of rain since last August. , of rain since last August. Miller said the last signifi- cant rainfall in the area came last July when over three inches were recorded. It’s been relatively dry since, and last week, temperatures shot up well into the 90s, about 30 days ear- lier than normal. “This heat is going to burn up the crops, but that’s just the start of what is going on out there,” Miller said, who added most of this year’s crop has been seeded. “The preventative ground from last year probably looks the best be Draught (Continued on Page 5) Sfion BANK starionbank.com l Member FDIC